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Joshua plans a second record breaking climb

BY MICHELLE CREAN

A little six-year-old Killarney boy - who is believed to have set a world record for climbing North Africa’s highest mountain - now plans to climb Kilimanjaro next year!
Joshua Davison (6) from Countess Road, scaled the 4,000 metre climb of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, with his mom Lyndsey Clarke and her partner Lucky Flynn, on November 9.
And he's believed to be the youngest child ever to complete the summit.
“He is really a natural,” his mom Lyndsey, an avid climber, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It’s a really good achievement and he loved it. We just said we’d see how it went - but he surprised us. He’s very fast - a speedy little fella and he loved the experience. He’s really keen to do more and has his sights set on Kilimanjaro next year.”
Joshua, who is a pupil in St Oliver’s National School in Killarney, caught the climbing bug from both Lyndsey and Lucky.
The couple are keen climbers and Joshua’s first climb was The Vee in Waterford followed by Carrantuohill - Ireland’s highest mountain - at just over 1,000 metres.
“I started taking him around The Vee and then we climbed Carrantuohill and he loved it - especially the Devil’s Ladder. Then we said we’d try something bigger.
“In Morocco the first day was a trek of 3,000 metres and then we spent the night in a refuge. He was the only child, even going up the summit the next day people were stopping taking pictures and encouraging him.”
She described the summit as a steep snow slope and they adjusted adult crampons for Joshua’s shoes to give him a firm grip.
However, she said as the weather was sunny it made the climb easier.
“We went with no expectations. I was worried it might be cold for him but it was perfect sunny weather. He really is a natural - he’s big and strong for his age. He is the youngest to climb Toubkal and we’ve submitted it to the Guinness World Records. We are just waiting for confirmation. Next year we’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro which is 5,800 metres high. It’s the next most achievable goal."

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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